673 convicts leave for Devil's Island in Saint Martin De-Re, France. The convicts get aboard ship La Martiniere for their voyage to the Devil's Island. The group includes sixty murderers. Prisoners under the guns of guards are herded aboard the craft as families bid their last farewell. The ship La Martiniere departs from a harbor.
Views of Paris prior to World War II. The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile (Arch of Triumph). The Tuileries gardens (Jardins des Tuileries) with bed of tulips in full bloom in foreground. The Eiffel Tower (la tour Eiffel). The fountain of River Commerce and Navigation at the Place de la Concord, Paris, with the Madeleine church (L'église de la Madeleine) directly behind, the Hotel de Crillon,barely seen at left, and its twin building, the French Naval Ministry, opposite, on the Rue Royale. People strolling and shopping on the Boulevard Haussmann. Awning of Les Deux Magots café and patrons seated at tables outside, in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris. People relaxing in the Tuileries gardens, with Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Musée du Louvre in background. An artist at work, seated at a bench in the foreground. The west facade of Notre Dame Cathedral. Parisians looking at posters, reading in parks, visiting bookstores. Sign directing visitors to the Congres des Ecrivains (Congress of Writers) held at Maison de la Mutualité conference center at 24 Rue Saint-Victor, 5th arrondissement of Paris, France.in June, 1935. Several writers seated at a table with others standing around. Closeup of three. Closeup of British writer, Aldous Huxley, wearing eyeglasses. Two writers conversing. Scene shifts to Paris at night. Traffic on streets. Illuminated sign at Moulin Rouge cinema, topped with illuminated arms of a windmill. Sign of nightclub, Le Rat Mort, in Place Pigalle. Interior of a Paris nightclub with sophisticated clientele. French entertainer playing a guitar. An official posting an announcement called "Counseil de Revision," calling for conscription of citizens for military service. Parisians preparing defenses in the city, in front of the Eiffel Tower. Man deep in a trench preparing a shelter. Men carrying sandbags up a ladder to protect a national monument. Copy of the New York Times newspaper annnouncing the German attack on Poland. Copy of New York Daily News announcing fall of Holland. The New York World-Telegram paper announcing capitulation of France. German Panzer II tanks and motorcycle troops entering Paris. German infantry marching through the Arch of Triumph, on the Champs-Élysées. A Frenchman wiping his eyes as he watches the occupying troops. Hermann Goering with other officers riding in an open car along a Paris street. Closeup of Arch of Triumph. Adolf Hitler, accopanied by staff, looking at the Eiffel Tower. Nazi flag flying from the tower. Closeup of Hitler looking around. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in Academic garb, at the University of Virginia commencement ceremony, in Memorial Gymnasium, on June 10, 1940. (FDR's son Franklin Jr. was among the graduates assembled, from the UVA Law School). Roosevelt expresses American sympathy and support for nations invaded by the Nazis. American street scene. Women preparing gifts intended for France. A poster showing a French soldier, entitled: "Le Paquet Au Front." American draftees in training at an army post in the U.S. Smoke billowing from American industrial facilities. Workers at an American shipyard. View of warships under construction at the yard. A Huge gun barrel being moved on special rail dollies, in a U.S. arms factory. U.S. Navy F4U Corsair Production Line during World War II. M3 Lee medium tanks being manufactured in U.S. factory. Closeup of finished one being transported via transverse crane. M4 Sherman tanks moving on flat rail cars. A speeding steam locomotive pulling freight cars. Martin PBM-5 Mariner in flight over an Atlantic convoy carrying war materiel to the United Kingdom. Sailor wearing headset, standing near depth charges at stern of a ship. British Naval Ensign flying from mast of a ship.
Allied military and some civilians gather for a ceremony at a destroyed cathedral (possibly Saint Martin's cathedral at Ypres, France), in World War 1. Scots Guards in kilts are seen among the assembled military. A ladder is seen and something is being raised by a hoist in the background,as preliminary cleanup is being undertaken. Scene shifts to point of view footage from a moving rail car on the Suspension Railway (Schwebebahn) in Barmen-Elberfeld Germany. At first it travels above a street in the city. Then it is seen moving over the Wupper River, in the Elberfeld region, as another suspension rail train approaches from the opposite direction. It continues traveling along (above) the waterway. (Note: Barmen-Elberfeld was re-named Wuppertal in 1930. The Schwebebahn is still in operation today, and is the oldest operating transportation monorail in the world. It is now called the Wuppertal Suspension Railway. Its original full name is: "Electric Elevated Railway (Suspension Railway) Installation, Eugen Langen System" (Anlage einer elektrischen Hochbahn (Schwebebahn), System Eugen Langen)).
The Aisne-Marne Operation in France during World War 1. American Expeditionary Forces (AEC) 111th Infantry contingent bivouacked on side of a hill in Crezeney, France. Their horses graze in field below. Closeup of soldiers drinking directly from a small pond, and filling containers with water from it. Battle-damaged buildings in the background. Scene shifts to U.S. 119th Field Artillery, near Mount Saint Martin in Lorraine. A gun crew is seen behind an entrenched French heavy gun (Canon de 155mm Long Mle 1917 GPF). Views of the gun breech and open split tail carriage. Closeup of Gunner cranking a control wheel to elevate the gun barrel. He then makes some fine aiming adjustments. Camera focuses on a soldier standing near a large tree trunk and then pans over to the gunner adjusting aim of the 155mm gun. Scene shifts to another gun crew in some shrubbery, firing a French 75 field piece.
Hamburg-American ocean liner, SS New York visits the port of Fort-de-France, in the French Caribbean island of Martinique. Three Women passengers,in swimwear, lean against the ship's railing as other passengers sun themselves lying on deck chairs on the ship's deck. The Island of Martinique can be seen in the background. Another scene shows buildings in the town of Fort-de-France. Crew members lower a tender from the ship to carry passengers to the town. View from the tender underway with crew and passengers aboard, and the SS New York seen at anchor in the background. They pass a two-masted sail boat. View of local people carrying baskets of goods on the town pier. Fish and lobster in a basket. A woman carrying a keg and package on her head. Children walking along the pier with their mother. Local women buying and selling goods. Local people conversing in what the slate calls "a peculiar French patois." Two women and two girls (one holding a doll) conversing. The Fort-de-France Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Louis de Fort-de-France) built of wood except for its steel steeple. The park of La Savane, with statue of Josephine, Empress of France, wife of Napoleon,who was born in Martinique. Passengers returning to the SS New York,climb a gangway from their tender, as local boys in small boats wait nearby for the chance to dive for coins from the passengers aboard the ship.
Mont-Saint-Michel island at the mouth of the Couesnon River in Normandy, France. Views of the tidal island from afar and on the island itself. Houses and buildings in the village. The abbey of Norman architecture style located near a garden. Arches and pillars. Pillars in the passageway. The spire of Saint-Michel and Gothic details. A glass window in the arched hallway.